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Chicken in Instant Pot

Gather the following ingredients:


Cup of water


Use the rack in the instant pot

Place chicken on the rack. Do not put more in than the line at the top

Add a liquid. I add water up to the bottom of the rack. You can use chicken broth or Crockery Gourmet for chicken mix which will also make gravy.

Season the chicken as you like. If you used water you can pour vinaigrette like salad dressings over the chicken to add flaver.

If frozen cook for about 40 minutes. If thawed it should only take 15- 20 minutes.

Put the lid on and set to seal. Hit manual and set the time. Walk away.

When it is done cooking the timer will count up. You can vent the steam, do not put hand over steam. You can open when the steam has fully released.

If it is bone in chicken it may fall apart.


Black Bean, Corn, and Cherry Tomatoes

Gather the following ingredients:

Can of black beans drained

Can of whole kernel corn (no salt is the best) drained

Cherry tomatoes

Red onion (optional)

Salt and fresh pepper

Olive oil

Drain the black beans and rinse in a colander, put in bowl

Drain corn and add to bowl

Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to bowl

Chop red onion and add to bowl

Add salt (salt is optional) and pepper, lots of pepper

Drizzle olive oil over everything and stir


Ham and Bean Soup – Instant Pot

Gather the following ingredients:

Cubed ham

15 bean mix – cajun is best even if you don’t use the seasoning

7-8 cups of water

Add all of the ingredients to the pot – you do not need the rack

Put on lid and set venting to seal

Hit manual and set time to 1hr 45 minutes – walk away

When the time has ended the instant pot will count up.

When ready to eat set the top to vent, do not put hand over steam. Once fully vented you can open the lid.

Taste a bean to make sure it is done. If not fully cooked cook for another 15 minutes. It should look more like soup then water and beans when it is ready.


Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are a simple and perfect dessert.  Be careful, one person could easily eat half a pan.  You can find the recipe on the box and it is super easy to make.

Gather the following ingredients:

3 tablespoons of butter
1 package of marshmallows
6 cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies

A large Pot
A large glass pan
Non-stick cooking spray

Melt the butter in the pot.  Add the marshmallows and melt them on a low heat stirring continuously until completely melted.

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Remove the pot from the heat and add the Rice Krispies.  I like to measure them into the glass pan so that I can pour them all in at once.  It is a bit less than a small box.  Stir until the Rice Krispies are coated.

Quickly spray down the glass pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Pour the marshmallows and Rice Krispies into the glass pan and flatten the top with your stirring device.  Allow them to cool.

Cut and serve.  Once they are cool you can wrap them in Saran wrap.  If you do it when they are warm it will stick to it.  Same thing with parchment paper.

Fajita Rice and Beans

Fajita Rice and Beans

Gather the following ingredients:


Red pepper

Green pepper

Olive oil

Fajita seasoning packet

Cheddar cheese

Vigo rice and beans

Medium pot with lid

Large frying pan

Glass pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the rice and beans according to the package directions.

Cut up the steak into nice bite sized pieces.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.  Cook the steak over a medium heat until all sides are browned.  Set aside on a plate.

Cut up the red and green peppers.  Slice the peppers into long slices.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the frying pan.  Cook the peppers until you can cut them with a spatula.

fajita and rice no cheese

Add the stead back into the frying pan.  Cover in fajita seasoning and a some water.  About a forth of a cup.

Cover the bottom of the glass pan with the rice and beans.  Top this with the peppers and steak.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.  Cook for 30 minutes.


Goulash – simple and tasty

Gather the following ingredients:

1 lb. hamburger
1 tbsp. minced garlic

1 green pepper chopped
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 can 15 oz. tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1-2 tsp. Italian herbs

1 cup large elbow macaroni

**optional:  onion, cheddar cheese

Large Pot or Dutch oven

Brown the ground beef in the pot.  Add the garlic to the beef while it cooks.

Chop the green pepper and add it to the pot.  Add the soy sauce, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes to the pot.  Add Italian herbs for taste.

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Add 1 1/2 cups of water.  Simmer , covered, for 20 minutes.  Add macaroni noodles.  Simmer, covered, until macaroni noodles are cooked, about 25 – 30 minutes.  Let this sit before serving.

**Double recipe if needed.  If you like onions add them after you cook the beef and saute them until tender 5 minutes on medium-high heat.  Add cheddar cheese if desired.

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

Gather the following ingredients:

4+ lbs Prime Rib (rib eye) – marble, marble, marble
Steak Seasoning
Au Jus Sauce

Pan large enough for your steak
Meat thermometer

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees or 475 degrees.

Season all of the sides of the prime rib roast generously and place it into the pan.  Cook for 30 minutes at 500 or 475 degrees or until the smoke alarm goes off (about 28 minutes).

Prime Rib Pan

Reduce the heat down to 250 degrees and slow cook the meat for a few hours.  For 5 lbs of meat cook it about one and a half hours.  140 degrees internal temperature for a medium rare prime rib.

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When the meat is done pull it out and make the Au Jus sauce.

Serve a thick slice of prime rib swimming in a scoop of Au Jus.

Prime Rib on a plate

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp – my favorite dessert of all times

Gather the following ingredients:

3 cups of apples – about 3 apples – I used honey crisp
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup butter softened

Small glass pan
2 bowls

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Soften the butter and let it cool.

In one of the bowls mix the 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. flour, and 1 tsp. cinnamon.  Cut up the apples into bite sized chunks.  I cut them into half and half again from top to bottom.  Remove the core of the apple.  Cut those quarters, top to bottom, into thirds and then finally a horizontal cut to half the thirds.  Add the apples to the sugar and cinnamon mix.  Coat the apples with the sugar.

In a separate bowl mix the remaining oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and the softened butter.  This will become your crumble topping.  You can use more butter than a third cup butter if needed, up to half a cup max.

Dump the apples and sugar mix into the glass pan.  Top this with the crumble topping.

Cook for 40 minutes.

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Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies – a classic

I make this basically like the recipe on the package with one exception and a few technique differences.

Gather the following ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
half a package of chocolate chips

wax paper
large bowl
small bowl
cooling racks
cookie sheet

Mix the dry ingredients first.  Set out the wax paper.  Place the sifter over the wax paper.  Measure out and add the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Sift these items onto the wax paper.

In a large bowl add the softened butter (leave the butter out for a few hours or heat it in the microwave or on the oven and let it cool to soften it).  Add the granulated and brown sugar.  Add the vanilla extract.  Crack the eggs into a separate bowl to make sure they are OK before adding them to the large bowl.  Mix everything in the bowl.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Slowly add about a fourth cup of the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix it into sugar and egg mixture.  Continue to add more flour and mix it in until all of the flour is combined with the ingredients  in the bowl.  DO NOT ADD ALL OF THE FLOUR AT ONCE AS IT WILL NOT MIX WELL AND WILL TAKE FOREVER.

Add the chocolate chips to the mix and fold them in.

Use a metal spoon to grab a small amount of cookie dough and form it into a ball about an inch across.  Make multiple balls of cookies and place them on the cookie sheet.  Leave enough room between the balls of cookies for the cookies to expand.

Cook about 9 – 11 minutes, until the cookies are a golden brown.  If the outside ring of the cookie is brown and the top is not that is a good thing.  The cookie will continue to cook a little bit after it is pulled out.  Lighter brown equals softer cookies.  Not enough brown equals under-cooked cookies.

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